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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
As for the Q in its current, general form being answerable by only a list: I don't think so. Witness all the answers it already has.
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comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
@JoshuaAslanSmith The OP, petex stated here in a comment that he's not considering this a 4e specific Q. You may have discussed the topic with him in chat with 4e in mind, however, the Q is not about that any more. You can't expect regular users (not the OP and not those who answered) to go and look up obscure chat logs to understand why a general Q has system specific answers. If you insist on the 4e tag, do suggest an edit to the Q to reflect that, but do so in a way that doesn't invalidate all the As that answer the Q as it is now.
Apr
18
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
Yes, and there's this too. +1
Apr
18
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
1. It takes time, but you can build the kind of trust that lets you "cheat" in extreme edge cases with your players' consent. But it depends on the kinds of persons the party is made of, of course. 2. Sure, you could rule that he survived the open & fatal damage roll or offer a choice (slightly discrediting the system, btw), but in your A you recommended not to roll at all. Again, the golden rule, imo, is to be on the same page, and establish limits everyone trusts, preferably before you start gaming (though that's hard with newly formed parties, obviously.)
Apr
18
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
@AlexP That's okay, but the Q is always higher priority than any A, obviously. If the OP is looking for general information, not wishing to limit the As to any specific system / edition, As answering so will be better. Joshua could always ask and answer (immediately) a system specific version of this Q separately. :)
Apr
18
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
I'm not sure why not rolling and making up an arbitrary, railroading-like ruling ("your PC has fallen unconscious") would be better than a white lie (which doesn't break suspension of disbelief either, unlike a forced explanation.) Also, it's weird if my PC has 8 HPs left and you, the DM, having rolled a hit, skip rolling a 2d8+4 damage and tell me my PC has fallen unconscious, fearing that your result could kill my PC. I say (and would, as a DM) roll secretly, and - should the story need that - adjust the damage to a believable score. I guess it's best if you talk through this w/ the party.
Apr
17
comment When should a GM roll behind the GM Screen?
I boldly went ahead and removed the 4e tag. @petex, do add it back once you explained in an edit why this is 4e specific. :)
Apr
15
comment Is there an official rule set for for unstable magic in 3.5 edition?
+1 I should've thought of that as well. :)
Apr
14
comment Where can I get fantasy public domain art?
Are the images it generates in the Public Domain, or are they available under a Creative Commons license (that permits commercial use)?
Apr
14
comment Engel metaplot summary?
I've upvoted your answer, because it can be useful to new GMs of Engel, however this is not the info I was looking for. These are the core secrets, which are, as you yourself have said, included in the core book. The metaplot is the official, grandiose story the writers/publishers are telling through their sequential publications. See (SPOILERS!): the Death Star is a huge space station capable of destroying entire planets, Vader is a cyborg ex-jedi turned evil, etc, but how the former gets destroyed and the latter saved by his rebel son over, etc, is the metaplot...
Apr
13
comment How to handle some new NPCs who enter a fight in progress?
@YogoZuno Read point 1 of my A, again. It contains my general answer. Sure, the DM is not omniscient. However, the DM is almost omnipotent (at least in 3.x/PF.) Should she/he allow unanticipated combatants into a fight (instead of very subtly & imperceptibly railroading the situation), she/he should roll initiative for the new combatants and enter them into the initiative order. (See my reply to your first comment.) But the DM could actually roll an initiative for "any/everyone who enters combat unexpectedly" at the beginning, and use that. Expect the unexpected, speed up combat.
Apr
13
comment How to handle some new NPCs who enter a fight in progress?
@YogoZuno First of all, this Q asked specifically for this. (Ask a new Q if you want answers for a significantly different scenario.) Second, as I've already said, there are no originally unknown combatants for the DM. Also, the entire world is rather unlikely to enter a single combat scene in D&D - but even if it did, it would be the DM's doing. Should that happen, the DM should (that is, if I were that mad DM, I would) roll a single initiative for the entire world. Simplify things and rules. Speed up combat. Don't let the game get bogged down.
Apr
10
comment Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?
2. Yes, this has come up a number of times. For example: paizo.com/threads/rzs2o3z4?Corpses-are-treated-as-objects (true, it's a Pathfinder discussion but regarding the core idea, that doesn't matter.)
Apr
5
comment Can a breath weapon's area be willingly reduced?
@Cobalt You asked for RAW... :) As a DM, I'd have no qualms about having a dragon NPC light up a camp fire with a cough (without a feat) and stuff like that -- but my players are used to that. (We're consensually using the rules in a rather liberal way.) However, the RAW is the RAW: breath weapon using creatures probably have a set amount of "fuel" that they must use for a breath (otherwise the fire glands don't trigger and it'll be only a bad case of halitosis or whatever. :))
Apr
5
comment Will using NPCs as allies overshadow my PCs?
Why is this a dnd-4e specific question? Chances are you'd get more answers if you removed that tag... or if you explained a bit more thoroughly how your problem is system specific. :)
Apr
4
comment Magic Jar and Revenance?
(Strongly) related: Death During Possession? Btw, welcome to the site!
Mar
31
comment Slavic AD&D Campaign Setting Resources
@lisardggY Agreed (and thanks.) I've never played GURPS (don't like the rules... and, frankly, though it's a shallow thing, but for me, even the system's name is a turn-off), but their supplements are often excellent, and can be used for any other system.
Mar
30
comment Semi-random name generator
@okeefe I don't think my question would be a duplicate of the question you cite. Sure, the answers to that Q bring up random generators, but the Q itself doesn't seem to ask for that, whereas I do here. (In fact, that Q is too broad. Coming to think of it, mine would be a good candidate for community wiki as well, if we still have that.)
Mar
19
comment D&D high-difficulty / technical character build suggestions
One more thing: It might still be a good idea for you to watch them play an introductory, "zeroeth" session, if you have never taken part of tabletop gaming yet. :)
Mar
19
comment D&D high-difficulty / technical character build suggestions
Totally agreeing with @okeefe here. The only thing I'd add is to make sure you're all on the same page regarding the type of game you're going to play together.